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The Marathon - Cubs 7, Reds 2

The Marathon - Cubs 7, Reds 2
Would you believe me if I told you that tonight’s game was the craziest baseball game I’ve ever seen? That’s not some sort of narrative to draw you in. Well, I mean it totally is. But it’s also extremely true. This game was straight bananas. But first, let’s start at the very beginning. Because this... Read more »

Game 76 Preview--Cubs at Reds--6:10 PM

Game 76 Preview--Cubs at Reds--6:10 PM
It wasn’t exactly how you would have drawn it up on the board, but the Cubs bats got healthy last night against the Reds. The Cubs won just their second game of the past week, and did so with a lot of fireworks from Kris Bryant. But the win was a lot more nerve-racking experience... Read more »

Jeimer Candelario, Eloy Jimenez named to Futures Game World Team Roster

Jeimer Candelario, Eloy Jimenez named to Futures Game World Team Roster
There are probably a lot of Cubs prospects who deserve to be on either the World or Team USA roster but you can only take so many players.  As it is, the Cubs will be represented by one of their best upper level hitters (Jeimer Candelario) and perhaps their best hitter at the lowest levels... Read more »
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Cubs Minors Recap: Castillo, Moreno sharp; Happ, Vogelbach, Zagunis stay hot; LaStella rehabs

Cubs Minors Recap: Castillo, Moreno sharp; Happ, Vogelbach, Zagunis stay hot; LaStella rehabs
The upper level hitting  continues to terrorize pitching while the lower level pitchers continue to terrorize hitters.  If they can ever get these guys on the same roster… Think I may do a slight change with regard to the DSL Cubs and we will update them on Sundays, probably just focusing on the better prospects... Read more »

Happy Days Are Here Again: Cubs 11, Reds 8

Happy Days Are Here Again: Cubs 11, Reds 8
In the 1932 Democratic Convention, Franklin D. Roosevelt chose the song “Happy Days Are Here Again” as his walk-up music, so to speak. This was during the crest of the Great Depression, and the song, pulled from a 1930 musical, was meant to convince people that those happy days would be there again eventually, not... Read more »

Game 75 Preview: Cubs @ Reds - 6:10pm CST

Game 75 Preview: Cubs @ Reds - 6:10pm CST
It’s Jake Arrieta Day! And Jake Arrieta Days are typically the best type of days. Jake hasn’t been as dominant as was during the stretch of 2 no-hitters (that’s like saying that Godfather II wasn’t as good as the first Godfather. Obviously both are amazing and you’re just splitting hairs). But he’s still been very... Read more »
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Daily MInors Recap: Bullpen help on the way? Happ off to a hot start; Eugene rotation rolls

Daily MInors Recap: Bullpen help on the way?  Happ off to a hot start; Eugene rotation rolls
Apologies again for the late recap.  Lots of things going on right now but things should be back on schedule again. The Cubs are making a move today, sending down Geraldo Concepcion and according to some speculation, it will be Joel Peralta, a RHP with good reverse splits who will replace him. With Gerardo Concepcion... Read more »

Ugh: Marlins 6, Cubs 1

Ugh: Marlins 6, Cubs 1
Boy this has been frustrating. But no need to panic. For example, the Nationals have lost 9 in a row. Let that sink in. But I promise it’ll be okay. Losing like this happens. And, while this been a particularly frustrating stretch road trip thus far, this is baseball. Sure, that sounds like a cliche,... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Paulino keeps Eugene rotation rolling; Upper level hitters put on power display

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Paulino keeps Eugene rotation rolling; Upper level hitters put on power display
It was my 11th wedding anniversary last night, and the Cubs are getting ready to start, so I am keeping this one brief… Oklahoma City 6 –  Iowa 3 Adam Warren’s transition to the rotation did not start off well.  He walked 4 hitters and did not get out of the 4th inning before reaching... Read more »
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Anarchists' Brunch: A Smorgasbord Of Silliness

Anarchists' Brunch: A Smorgasbord Of Silliness
One of those today where I have a few different thoughts clunking around inside this bald skull of mine. -With the NHL expanding to Las Vegas this week (well actually, next year but announcing it this week), of course someone thought to ask Rob Manfred if MLB would ever do so. No commissioner in his right mind would ever rule out the possibility of saying any reasonably sized city could support a baseball team, because they need the leverage for their owners to dangle when they need a new stadium. Not that that seems to be a problem these days, with both Atlanta and Texas somehow getting new stadiums, or at least planning them, after 20 years. Baseball seems to be the only sport though that doesn't have a bevy of options for relocation. The NHL had Seattle and Quebec and Vegas, until the latter was granted the expansion franchise. The NFL has had L.A. to threaten teams for over two decades until the Rams finally made the leap. It's also the NFL. They could set up shop in Anchorage and probably make it work (a friend did this in every Madden game he ever bought, and named the team the "Octopi." There was snow on the field in September). The NBA, after a couple shifts, seems to be on solid ground...